Shovel muscles flexed for outdoor gym ground breaking

Members of two Cornwall rotary clubs and other stakeholders get ready to break ground Dec. 8, 2015 at the outdoor workout park in Lamoureux Park in Cornwall, Ont. The gym should be ready by May 2016. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Two years in the making, the ceremonial shovels were lined up Tuesday in Lamoureux Park for the start of construction of an outdoor workout park.

Members of the Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club and the Cornwall Club of Cornwall as well as dignitaries and stakeholders broke ground at the site, west of the splash pad and canteen in Lamoureux Park.

The bulk of work on the gym, which will feature 10 to 12 pieces of equipment in a semi-circle, is scheduled happen in the spring. The gym should be completed by May.

The equipment includes parallel bars, pull-up and dip stations, squat press and multi-bars. It’s already been purchased and is sitting in storage.

The $65,000 project has already seen close to $45,000 in corporate and individual donations, said spokesman Pat Clarke. That includes the rotary clubs, each of which has put $15,000 toward the workout gym.

Clarke said they hope to raise the rest of the money by spring through the sale of memorial bricks which will be on the keyhole pathway leading to the gym.

Larry Gaunce, treasurer for Sunrise Rotary, told the audience they hope the gym will promote healthy living in Cornwall.

“We have a second phase, which was to go every half kilometer and put one piece of equipment all the way up and down the bike path. That could be years away, we’ll see how this goes first,” Clarke said.

In this Dec. 8, 2015 sketmatic drawing provided by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Cornwall, several pieces of exercise equipment will be positioned in a semi-circle around a keyhole entry path with memorial stones. (Sunrise Rotary Club of Cornwall via Newswatch Group)
In this Dec. 8, 2015 sketmatic drawing provided by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Cornwall, several pieces of exercise equipment will be positioned in a semi-circle around a keyhole entry path with memorial stones. (Sunrise Rotary Club of Cornwall via Newswatch Group)
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